Placement survival tips part 3 - learn from your buddies

6 Mar 2017 1:54 PMDPT DPT
Placement survival tips part 3 - learn from your buddies

Students had a visit from a very experienced and respected AIN and received wise words and tips for placement survival. Learn more.

 

Students had a visit from a very experienced and respected AIN. Here are her wise words.

 

What is expected of an AIN on placement?

The main thing is not to stand around. There is always something to tidy up or put away. As a student you may be the third person while a hoist is being done so you are not directly involved. This is a time to just stand and watch but other times you can help your buddies by doing some little extra things particularly early in your placement. This may be putting clothes away or getting them out, taking dirty cups away, linen to the skips or a tidy up of the room if that is appropriate.

 

Ask questions

No question is a dumb question. Just keep on asking. You will learn different tips from different buddies so write them all down.

 

Don’t bring your “stuff” to work

The job is stressful enough without adding your personal life to it as well. Plus your buddy doesn’t need to be burdened with your "stuff".

 

Palliative care

“I’m sorry” is enough to say to family and friends that will visit. Just follow you buddy’s instructions for the last stage of care. The main focus is on comfort and oral care.

Final word….

Get your skates on. You will need to keep up to pace very early on in placement but you will soon get into the rhythm and routine.